Her path from hardship to heart-felt anthems began when she ran away from home, aged 16. Armed with a guitar and the few chords she knew she decided to play music for anyone who’d listen. Her unshakeable belief that “Music changes the world” underlines her own story, because it certainly changed hers.
In 2015, her debut LP ‘Dreams from the Factory Floor’ was released worldwide to critical acclaim. Produced by Steve Whale (The Business) and featuring Mick Talbot (Style Council) the album balances propulsive, old-school punk anthems with assertive, socially-aware folk-punk.
Kerrang! named her a ‘Star of 2017’ saying “Louise Distras is the most exciting voice in UK punk right now!” She’s also performed at Glastonbury, been played on Radio 1, Kerrang, Radio X and shared stages with Billy Bragg, Mick Jones (The Clash), Frank Turner, Buzzcocks, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and The King Blues to name a few.
In February 2018 Distras announced she was in Oakland CA recording her sophomore album with producer Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls). Two months later she returned with ‘Land Of Dope And Glory’, two-minutes-and-eighteen-seconds of buzzing anthemic punk rock that is a fired-up two-fingered salute to consumer manipulation from big business and state, it’s words delivered directly with an infectious chorus designed to spread the message far and wide.
It’s the perfect teaser of what to expect come from the new album, showing that Louise’s talent for crafting powerful and direct messages with addictive melodies over righteous punk rock hooks has really come to the fore more than ever before. Hold tight.